Toni Davidson’s Scar Culture – A Review
Toni Davidson’s Scar Culture is the kind of debut every author dreams of writing. Already an established author in Glasgow, this book sees Davidson break into the American market with a bang. Scar Culture is a tumultuous tale of abuse, incest, and cruelty, delving into the past of two slightly disturbed protagonists Click and Fright. Their scarred past is detailed by their therapist Curtis Sad. Each of their tales unfolds over two parts in this exciting thriller. Scar Culture’s stark detail and compelling descriptions make it easy to dive into the lives of Click and Fright. It is not a novel for the closed minded – it will have you reaching into your darkest thoughts, contemplating the lives of the less fortunate.
Scar Culture’s first part details the life of an abused adolescent named Click. Click lives his life in the midst of a gruesomely abusive family, who lives in a mobile home. His neglectful parents, named Panic and Exit, are the source of the boy’s twisted thoughts and anxiety towards the world. All of his endeavors are closely monitored by his slightly obsessed therapist, who takes a unique interest in the boy. The second part of the novel details the twisted life of Fright – a boy molested and beaten. The narrative throughout Scar Culture is the obsessed ramblings of a mad therapist. Curtis Sad has twisted thoughts of his own, so is he the right person to be treating these twisted souls? He seems to think so, and he tries to treat Click and Fright using shock treatment and drugs.
Scar Culture certainly takes the reader to the deepest parts of their mind. The twisted Curtis Sad will have you on the edge of your seat with his approaches to therapy, some of which include hallucinogenic drugs that are supposed to make Click and Fright remember the most gruesome details of the abuse they have suffered. Toni Davidson delivers a thriller that is sure to leave readers questioning their neighbors, and maybe even their therapists. One of the best aspects of Scar Culture is the dark humor that is buried within the narrative. It is a stark tale of twisted minds, one that may have been told by a twisted mind too.
For a debut novel, Scar Culture didn’t do badly at all. Toni Davidson was able to bridge the cultural gap with this engaging and very readable novel.